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CFP: Midwest MLA, November 8-11, 2012 - "Writing the Ineffable: Mystic Literature and the Limits(?) of Language" [UPDATE]

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 1:04am
Morgan Shipley / Michigan State University

In The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James informs us that the mystical state operates in an ineffable realm and, as such, language remains incapable of accurately narrating or textualizing the mystical experience. And yet, mystical literature has attempted to find expression for what, ostensibly, can be described as an absence, a lack, a debt within the normative structures of communicative and discursive language. If the mystical experience inhabits a landscape beyond the limits and borders of language, how do writers find the words to describe the ineffable? How do form, word-play, negative dialectics and deconstructive tendencies help structure, out of an absence, a mystic analysis or language of unity?

[UPDATE] Intersections and Parallels between the Worlds of Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor @ SAMLA (Durham, NC, 9-11 Nov.)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 11:33pm
Eudora Welty Society

Readers and critics have long compared the writings of Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor, especially in terms of their uses of "the grotesque." This panel, a joint venture with the Flannery O'Connor Society, aims to put Welty and O'Connor's works (both visual and literary) in conversation with each other in ways that are not commonly seen in criticism. While papers dealing with more familiar conversation points between Welty and O'Connor's works will be considered, the session's specific goal is to expand our understanding of the authors' thematic intersections and parallels. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, Welty and O'Connor's treatments of region, race, gender, and class.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:51pm
Chehaibar and Grinberg / Heart Institute (InCor) of HCFMUSP

Bioethics was developed in the 1970's as a structured response to the atrocities committed against human beings during the Second World War and to the human rights movement that followed (Durand, 2003) . Bioethics Committees have since been created in hospitals worldwide, aiming to discuss complex issues. They focus on human dignity and improvement in the rapport between patients and health professionals, preserving both sides' autonomy (Gohel et al., 2005) .

Re-Encountering the Encounter - February 28-March 2 2013

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 9:53pm
Society of Early Americanists - 8th Biennial Conference, Savannah Georgia

Miranda famously declares at the conclusion of The Tempest that she now exists in a "Brave new world." This oft-quoted line is frequently misremembered as referring to the enchanted island itself, when in fact she only utters it upon first encountering all of the Europeans who've been shipwrecked on the island. As Prospero makes clear to his daughter, in actuality Miranda's new world is an old world. This scene in Shakespeare's most colonial of plays subverts our expectations of what "encounter" means in a New World context. In this panel we will look at narratives that upend the standard representations of encounter in the early modern age of exploration, that convert new world into old, and old into new.

Communities Re-imagined in Postmodern Texts

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 7:41pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2013 Conference

This panel seeks papers to examine the ways that particular postmodern texts, which initially served to subvert foundational fictions in diverse societies, have become canonical in the ways these communities are now imagined. Why have these texts become canonical and how does that impact our readings of them? How are these texts read within their own communities? How have these re-imaginings altered the master narratives of these communities? Please send 200-300 word abstracts and a brief biography to Kenneth Sammond,

2nd Annual Black Women's Health Conference February 15-16, 2013

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 6:26pm
Tulane University Black Women's Health Task Force

The Second Annual Black Women's Health Conference at Tulane University
February 15-16, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana


The mission of the Black Women's Health Task Force at Tulane University is to raise health awareness and increase knowledge of health-related issues and concerns that disproportionately impact black women and girls. The Black Women's Health Conference provides an annual forum for sharing, matching, and coordinating empirical evidence with praxis and experience to better understand and enrich health outcomes for black women and girls.

Seeing the Light From the Darkness of Night

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 6:16pm
Leland Helepiko

An analysis of Elie Wiesel's Night
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Leland Helepiko
Professor Cordes
AP Literature Period 0
30 May 2012
Seeing the Light from the Darkness of Night

Call For Master's Level English and Cultural Studies Papers

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 5:16pm
The Wide Net: A Master's Level Journal of Literature and Cultural Studies

The Wide Net, the country's first journal of exclusively Master's level research in English and cultural studies invites submissions for its summer issue: Bread and Circuses.

"Bread and Circuses": the possible catchphrase of all politics. The Romans used it in its most literal sense, yet our tribunes and senators still defer to its symbolic significance. While we constantly worry about our bread in these depressed economic times, we are also constantly subjected to a 24-hour view of the gladiatorial arena of our cultural circus. For our second issue we want to examine the contemporary cultural relevance of the phrase.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended until 15 June for The Maginalised Mainstream: Literature, Culture, and Popularity, 8-9 November 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 3:26pm
Institute of English Studies, University of London; Goldsmiths College, University of Exeter

The Marginalised Mainstream addresses popular culture and its role in cultural production in the long twentieth century, especially under-valued and under-researched areas of the mainstream.

Keynote speakers: Professor Phillip Tew (Brunel University), Professor Christoph Lindner (University of Amsterdam), Professor James Chapman (University of Leicester), and Professor Nicola Humble (Roehampton University)

'Texts are always sites of evaluative struggle between the "high" and the "low", whatever the presumed hierarchical positioning of their overall domain.' (Léon Hunt)

Interethnic Encounters in Asian American Fiction (NeMLA Conference, March 21-24, 2013, Boston, MA)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 12:36pm
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Asian American literature emerged as a recognized area of literary interest in the late 1960s and 1970s, just as the sea change of the civil rights movement was redefining "the color line" inside and outside of the academy and new critical and theoretical models were being applied to how American literature is read and understood. Drawing on African American models of identity, response, and resistance and models of success largely defined by the white majority, Asian American literature has charted its own course, at once illuminating existing trends within contemporary American literature and challenging existing cultural and critical boundaries.

"Renaissance Que(e)ries: Un-disciplining the early modern body"

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 11:44am
NeMLA 2013

In the recent anthology Shakesqueer (2011), Madhavi Menon claims, "Reading Shakespeare as queer rather than queered challenges the rule of chronology and identity that has thus far kept his poems and plays from exercising queer agency." This panel takes up Menon's urge to reconsider the relationship between queer theory and the early modern, welcoming papers that read early modern literature, both Shakespeare and beyond, as a body of queer texts, rather than historically distant productions at which we might look through a contemporary queer lens.

CFP Representations of Shanghai: Film and Fiction (Boston, MA, March 21-24, 2013; DEADLINE September 30, 2012)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:42am
Lisa Bernstein and Richard Schumaker, University of Maryland University College

Because of its unique historical and geopolitical situation -- major Asian port, economic target for Western and Eastern powers, and node for conflicts between nationalists and communists -- Shanghai has been the object of literary and cinematographic representation throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. This NeMLA panel will analyze, organize, and probe the representation of Shanghai by Asian, European, and American writers and filmmakers. Comparative approaches and reflections on cultural history are particularly welcomed. Format may range from traditional papers to multi-media presentations.

Book chapters for the interdisciplinary volume "Hip-Hop from the East of Europe"

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:05am
Milosz Miszczynski / UCSD

The book responds to the vivid development of hip-hop culture in the Eastern and Central and Eastern European states and shows how a universal model of hip-hop serves as a contextually situated platform of cultural exchange with a number of meaningful and important functions and implications. The volume takes up the challenge of showing how hip-hop became an intrinsic element of urban environments in this part of the world, what impact it has on the mainstream culture and what functions it serves in different contexts. The book's content, besides tracking hip-hop's development, exhibits and explains hip-hop's functions and receptions of hip-hop in the national cultures in the spheres such as lifestyles, social structure, politics or consumer trends.